In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Desktop Linux Debate
2. Today's Top Story: Intel
- Intel Speeds Up Plans For Dual-Core Xeons
- Intel Plans Major Shift In Microprocessor Technology
- Intel To Take Wraps Off Digital Health Plans
3. Breaking News
- Mac OS X For Intel Hacked, Runs On Any PC
- Exploit For Unpatched Veritas Backup Bug Circulates
- Did Microsoft Invent The iPod?
- Review: Apple Mouse Marks A Mighty Change
- Study Finds Small Securities Firms Still Fail To Comply With
SEC E-Mail-Archiving Regulations
- Small Hard-Disk-Drive Market To Boom, Says Analyst
- HP To Acquire Scitex For $230 Million
- Edge Tech Intros 100GB 2.5-Inch External Drive
- Court Revives Indictment In E-Mail-Interception Case
- Students, And Security Threats, Head To Stanford
- NOAA Wants To Change Weather Info-Sharing Policy
- FBI Extends Use Of Business-Intelligence Software
- AT&T Lands IP-Based Networking Deal With Accounting Firm
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5. Voice Of Authority: AMD Servers
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1. Editor's Note: The Desktop Linux Debate
There's still no consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a
desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business
used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of
desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of
Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop
Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or
at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point.
Here's the deal ...
For the foreseeable future, Linux has a shot at being implemented
as a desktop operating system in places where you simply don't
need a fat client--call centers, retail outlets, and so on.
Otherwise, Microsoft quite simply owns the desktop. People are
used to it, and even IT managers have grown accustomed to working
around its flaws. At this point, there just doesn't seem to be a
business case for most IT managers to add Linux to their
companies' fleet of Windows-based PCs.
That's not to say it will always be this way, especially if the
forces working against Microsoft want badly enough for Linux to
succeed as a desktop operating system. For now, IBM seems content
to promote desktop Linux in niche areas, in particular the
aforementioned call-center community. "There are tens of millions
of these jobs around the world where there's no unique dependency
on Windows," IBM Software Group senior VP and group executive Steven Mills told me before his LinuxWorld
IT research firm Gartner had some interesting things to say this week about desktop
Linux. Based on a survey of corporate buyers in the fourth
quarter of 2004, just over 1% were running Linux desktops and
open-source office products in their companies. In a separate
study, Gartner estimates that only 3.2% of nonconsumer computer
users will run Linux and open-source office products by 2008.
But that's not necessarily the end of the debate. Last week we
reported that desktop Linux provider Linspire and PC maker
Wintergreen have teamed up and already shipped thousands of Linux systems to
dozens of schools throughout Indiana.
You can read more of my analysis of desktop Linux's prospects at
my blog entry. Please share your thoughts as
well in the comments section.
Intel appears ready to introduce a dual-core Xeon in the fourth
quarter and is expected to reveal those plans at the Intel
Developer Forum on Aug. 23.
Related Stories: Intel Plans Major Shift In Microprocessor Technology
The company plans to replace its Netburst architecture with a new
line that's based in part on the Pentium M and is expected to
feature multiple computing engines on a single chip, security
features, and manageability functions.
Small Hard-Disk-Drive Market To Boom, Says Analyst
Annual shipments of 1-inch-diameter hard-disk drives will nearly
triple from 8.7 million units in 2004 to 23.2 million in 2005 and
move on to 140.0 million units in 2009, according to The
Information Network, a market research company.
HP To Acquire Scitex For $230 Million
Hewlett-Packard has moved to strengthen its computer printer unit
by agreeing to acquire large-format printer manufacturer Scitex
Vision for $230 million.
Court Revives Indictment In E-Mail-Interception Case
The full appeals court rules that E-mail interception could be
considered illegal, which, according to one advocacy group,
reaffirms that E-mail is a protected medium under privacy laws,
protected from government wiretapping without a warrant and from
misuse by service providers.
NOAA Wants To Change Weather Info-Sharing Policy
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to
assure the private-sector weather industry that it's not a
threat. Under a proposed policy revision, NOAA will "take
advantage of existing capabilities and services of commercial and
academic sectors to avoid duplication and competition in areas
not related to the NOAA mission."
The cost of RDIF deployment is often underestimated as hidden
costs such as ERP and database upgrades aren't accounted for.
Examine this and other problems facing radio-frequency
identification adopters in InformationWeek Research's report,
RFID--Wisdom Of Pilots.
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Bored On The Phone? Beware The Jerk-O-Meter
Software under development at MIT analyzes speech patterns and
tone using mathematical algorithms that measure levels of stress
and empathy in a person's voice to determine interest level in
FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
While the FCC agreed with a request from law enforcement to
affirm that VoIP falls under the purview of a wiretapping
statute, alarmed industry groups warn that compliance will create
more vulnerabilities and opportunities for hackers.
Advanced Micro Devices got its start in the server market by
supplying 64-bit processors for use as the guts in Linux-based
computers. Now, AMD's stake in the ground is working to
Microsoft's advantage. The chipmaker's fast-growing server
business is being driven, in part, by demand for Windows-on-AMD
systems sold to business customers who got their start with
Secure console management has become an essential requirement for
operating today's complex data centers and managing assets across
distributed environments. IT organizations need to give their
core team of skilled sys admins ready access to critical
business-computing resources on an anywhere/anytime basis.
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